Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, magic, storytelling, TED2012, 2012
In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, education, entertainment, magic, math, performance, 2005
Small coincidences. They happen all the time and yet, they pass us by because we are not looking for them. In a delightfully subtle trick, magician Helder Guimarães demonstrates with a deck of cards, a dollar bill and a stuffed giraffe. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, illusion, magic, TED2014, 2014
Marco Tempest uses charming stagecraft to demo EDI, the multi-purpose robot designed to work very closely with humans. Less a magic trick than an intricately choreographed performance, Tempest shows off the robot’s sensing technology, safety features and strength, and makes the case for a closer human-robot relationship. (Okay, there’s a little magic, too.) Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, robots, technology, TED2014, 2014
First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, entertainment, illusion, magic, 2004
The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.) Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, illusion, magic, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic -- flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, humor, illusion, magic, TED2005, 2005
In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, biology, magic, medicine, performance, 2009
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, math, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, health, magic, science, TED2007, 2007
Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, illusion, magic, music,...
How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, innovation, magic, physics, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity -- all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, entertainment, illusion, magic, technology, TED2012, 2012
Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.) Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, entertainment, illusion, magic, medicine, play, science, 2009
Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder." Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, beauty, code, computers, design, entertainment, film, magic,...
Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, technology, 2011